Michael Sailstorfer

1979 · Germany

Artist biography

Michael Sailstorfer is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Germany, like other renowned artists such as Anja Teske, Tom Król, Günther Uecker, Dirk Salz, and Florian Hesselbarth. Michael Sailstorfer was born in 1979.

About Michael Sailstorfer's work

Michael Sailstorfer's work is essentially grounded in Conceptualism. Defined as a movement in the late 1960s, simultaneously in Europe and America, Conceptual art was highly influenced by the purity of Minimalism, although it took a step further in rejecting all pre-existing conceptions one would have about art. Defining Conceptual art can be intricate, as the boundaries are not clearly set, and constantly evolving. The artworks can take the form of almost anything, but the core idea stays the same - the strategies and concepts behind the art are more important than the finished artwork itself. The conceptual artists use a variety of materials and forms to freely explore the myriad of possibilities through which they want to convey their message. Some of the most critically acclaimed figures of Conceptualism include artists such as Sol LeWitt, Lawrence Weiner and Yoko Ono. French artist Marcel Duchamp is considered to be the forefather of Conceptualism, with his artwork Fontaine, where he famously tried to blur the boundaries between art and reality.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Multiple galleries around the world represent and exhibit Michael Sailstorfer's work, including galleries in countries like the United Kingdom, Japan, and Mexico. The galleries exhibiting Michael Sailstorfer's work include König London in the United Kingdom, ZERO... in Italy, as well as König Tokio in Japan. Michael Sailstorfer's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition I Will Be Dead at König London in the United Kingdom. The exhibition was open from 25 January 2019 until 16 March 2019. Michael Sailstorfer's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions at; Avlskarl Gallery in Copenhagen (24 August 2018 - 02 October 2018) with the name Brainspotting and Grieder Contemporary in Zurich (02 October 2019 - 20 March 2020) with the name Private Collection (Vol. II).

One of Michael Sailstorfer's work is curently for sale on Artland.

Michael Sailstorfer in private collections

Ethilia and johnnyroux Collection feature Michael Sailstorfer's works on Artland. They also include works by prominent figures such as Kevin Demery, Michael Kvium, and Dan Schein.

Further Biographical Context for Michael Sailstorfer

Michael Sailstorfer was born in 1979 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1990s growing up. In the United Kingdom, a collective of artists known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, dominated the artistic culture of the decade. They were a loosely affiliated and diverse group, united generally by their age and nationality. Many of the members had attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by Charles Saatchi, the ‘super collector’ of art at the time. The most well-known member of YBAs is arguably Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). Through their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, the YBAs gained a divisive public image which was further fuelled by their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an attitude that was at the same time rebellious and entrepreneurial. The group dominated the British art scene in the 1990s and their group show ‘Sensation’ is now viewed as legendary. Relational Aesthetics, a term coined by curator Nicholas Bourriaud to describe the act of making art based on human relations and their social context, became a influential idea in the 1990s. Works by artists like Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Philippe Parenno and Liam Gillick were described as key artists who worked to this idea. The boom in consumerism and advertising that took place in the 1980s influenced a trend in Japan that matured into the art form of manga, which was visually inspired by trends in advertising and graphic design. Takashi Murakami arose as a prominent figure in the art world, coining the term ‘Superflat’ to describe a theory inspired by the aesthetic characteristics of manga and the nature of post-war Japanese culture. Murakami went on to found the influential Kaikai Kiki collective, which was inspired by his experiences living in New York City in the mid-1990s. The art world was influenced by a number of trends throughout the 1990s, the controversial, hyper-realistic sculptures of Maurizio Cattelan and the sensitive, conceptual work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres characterised the cultural tone of the era. German artists and ideas heavily influenced trends in conceptual photography during this period. German artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Wolfgang Tillmans gained major recognition, and inspired international artists such as the Canadian Jeff Wall, who created images with a cinematic expressiveness that were inspired by the themes present in the German artists’ work. At the same time, Albert Oehlen and Martin Kippenberger gained influential status in the field of painting.

Michael Sailstorfer

  • Artworks in Collections 5
  • Exhibitions 9
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